the line of dark rocks creates a very serene gravel garden/dry creek.I am going to be putting in a dry creek bed in my backyard at the end off my down spout where all of the mulch always washes away.I already have all of the rock to put in place.
use curved landscape border, fill in with dwarf shrubs, ground cover, steeping stones and mulch/rock. Only rocks for the stepping stones, bricks instead of steeping stones and a potted plant where the maple tree is.
Golden Japanese Forest Grass - I really cannot get over Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', zones 5 to My favorite is the variegated variety. I planted mine under a Japanese maple, and the contrast was genius and it has so much movement.
Tower of lights. Add solar lanterns and you have a summertime eye catcher in your garden. Replace with bird feeders during winter time and you'll create a bird magnet. (Or alternate bird feeder and lantern?